The IV Annual Board Meeting of members of the European Business Club Poland took place on the 14th of December 2016. The meeting was held at the conference room in Hotel “Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence” in Warsaw.
After having done statutory activities Mr Janusz Cieślak – the President of the Board handed membership cards to new members of the Association.
Following the above and according to the Agenda the following documents were presented:
Report on the activities of the Association for 2016 together with the report of the Board’s activities presented by the President – Janusz Cieślak,
Financial Report together with the Report on the activities of the Audit Commission presented by the Chairman – Anna Kosik.
In its Report the Audit Commission highly marked the Board’s work and emphasized the unique role of Janusz Cieślak – President of the Association in the gained success.
The evaluation presented by the Chairman – Anna Kosik was met by great approval of the meeting’s participants.
The IV Annual Board Meeting unanimously in the form of resolutions approved the presented reports granting a vote of confidence to the Board as well as the Audit Commission.
It is our great pleasure to inform that the European Business Club Poland was honored with the “Open Heart” statuette awarded by the Council of Women of the Polish Red Cross (Rada Pań Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyża). This precious award has been given to us during the charity concert “Let’s give poor children vacations” at the Stanisławowski Theater in Łazienki Królewskie. The income from this concert as well as from the auction held simultaneously will be put towards vacations for children from families which have many children and live in poverty in different regions of the country.
The European Business Club Poland was awarded a statuette created by prof. Zofia Wolska for supporting actions of the Council of Women “Let’s give poor children vacations”.
The Council of Women of the Polish Red Cross (Rada Pań Polskiego Czerwonego Krzyża) has been operating for over 20 years and is a non-profit organization. It is patterned upon a prewar tradition of the Committee of Women which helped the wounded and in need during the war and the occupation. The Council of Women is composed of women who are sensitive to the needs of the youngest people, they gather funds as volunteers as well as give their means and goods.
The upcoming Christmas and the New Year were a pleasant occasion for the members of The European Club Poland to meet in the always welcoming Hotel- Restauracji Czarny Kot – My Warszaw Residence on the 4th of December 2015. The meeting which was run in a pleasant Christmas ambiance was the time to summarize to past year, to share one’s successes at work and happiness due to the upcoming holidays and reflection.
In his speech the President- Mr Janusz Cieślak thanked all the people present for the co-operation in the past year and reminded of the undertakings carried out in the said period. One of such spectacular undertakings was the Club Awards Gala organized for the first time. The President also outlined the intensions for the year 2016. At the end he passed his Christmas and New Year greetings to the people gathered and their families.
As always Mrs Elżbieta Studzińska supervised the whole event and for this occasion prepared a menu consisting of traditional Polish dishes. In a family atmosphere the Members of the European Club Poland had the possibility to enjoy the moments spent with their friends and colleagues.
The Vth European Congress for Small and Medium Enterprises took place on 12-14 October 2015 in Katowice. 6000 registered participants including representatives from 35 countries and 44 exhibitors from Biznes Expo took part in 60 congress events. The European Business Club was represented by Mr Janusz Cieślak who took part in the panel discussions presenting the interests of the entrepreneurs – members of our Association.
How to build a constantly growing and effective Polish economy? How to build good relations and what obstacles and challenges are there before SME entrepreneurs? Answers to the above questions and many more were sought by experts from the areas of science, politics, economy and international delegations.
As prof. Jerzy Buzek, a member of the European Parliament and President of the Honorary Committee of the V European Congress for Small and Medium Enterprises, emphasized it is the small and medium entrepreneurs that are the core and the blood stream of the Polish economy. To support this one can look at the data of the state of the SME sector, which were present by Bożena Lublińska-Kasprzak the President of PARP. The SMEs constitute 99% of companies in Poland i.e. 70% of work places and 48% of GDP. The research shows that this sector has a very significant influence on the Polish economy.
“This is a unique edition for a few reasons. First of all this year is the 25th Anniversary of the Regional Chamber of Commerce. Second of all the Congress is being held at the International Congress Centre in Katowice and has gathered a record number of participants – 6000 registered persons.” – summarized by Tadeusz Donocik, President of RIG in Katowice.
The President of the European Business Club participated in the following discussions:
• The attractiveness of the Indian market for Polish enterprises. An example of companies using environmentally friendly technologies.
• Investments in unique solutions. Public funds for innovations 2014-2020.
• Economic disputes-a method for success.
• USA-a new destination for SMEs- the state of TTIP negotiations.
• Money follows ideas-a myth or reality? SME. vs. capital market.
• Meetings with leaders.
• European regions-competition or co-operation.
• One step towards innovation…, so how to improve competitiveness of companies from SMEs.
• The future of my family company-is it only through succession? True stories.
• A partnership co-operation of local governments with SMEs as a way to economic growth.
A result of the carried out debates, meetings, exchange of points of view and experience will be the publication of the conclusions and remarks connected with problems and further possibilities of development of the SMEs sector in the form of recommendations.
On 19 January, at the invitation of Mr. Janusz Cieslak, the President of the EBC Poland, our Association hosted Mr. Xu Jian, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Poland. China appears for Polish entrepreneurs as an economy with great opportunities hence the interest of this market is enormous. Full conference room of Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence confirmed this thesis. Ambassador Xu Jian was accompanied by Liu Lijuan, Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy together with other members of the Embassy’s staff, as well as a delegation of the representatives of Chinese companies, among others, Mr. Li Xiaobo, CEO of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe), and Mr. Wang Weijing,, PR Director in Huawei.
In his welcome speech President Janusz Cieslak recalled that the first joint venture in China was established in 1951 and it has been Polish-Chinese company Chipolbrok which at a meeting represented its CEO Mr. Liu Shanghai. On the Polish side the meeting was attended by among others: Mr. Roman Jagieliński former Deputy Prime Minister and currently the President of the Fruit Group ROJA, Mrs. Anna Kalata, former Minister of Labor and now the owner of the KALATA TV, Mrs. Barbara Misterska-Dragan, former Deputy Minister of Treasury and now the President of Misters Audytor Adviser and the only in Poland Honorary Citizen of Beijing Mr. Zdzislaw Góralczyk, former Ambassador to China, currently the President of Polish-Chinese Friendship Association.
In his speech, Ambassador Xu Jian presented the current state of China’s economy and prospects for the development of trade relations between our countries, indicating the reasons which prevent its rapid growth. When the time for questions and comments from the audience came, a real economic dialogue between Poland and China had started. Nearly 1.5 hour conversation, not only gave the participants a unique experience, but also built a belief that there is a huge potential for growth in trade. Prospective contractors must, however, get to know each other and build common ground for agreement. That is one of the reasons why European Business Club Poland plans to organize a trade mission to China in the second half of this year. This mission will be the consequence of a visit to China, held from 30 November – 6 December 2014, by the President of EBC Poland Janusz Cieslak and a member of the Association Mrs. Barbara Misterska – Dragan. The aim of the visit was to explore the possibility of increasing the export of Polish goods to China and establishing contacts with interested companies. Thanks to previously acquired contacts, members of this year’s mission will be well prepared for the meetings with definite Chinese companies interested in trading with Polish exporters.
The last point of the meeting was the exchange of business cards and individual conversations which lasted late into the evening.
Upcoming Christmas and New Year represented a perfect opportunity for a meeting of the members of the European Business Club Poland in a hospitable Hotel & Restaurant Czarny Kot – My Warsaw Residence. The meeting, held on December 9, ran in a pleasant and festive atmosphere and was an opportunity to summarize past year and to share our successes.
President Janusz Cieślak in his speech, thanked all guests for a very good cooperation in the past year and wished them and their families all the best for Christmas and the upcoming New Year.
Afterwards the time came for individual wishes and breaking of the Christmas wafer, a typical Polish tradition.
Everything was carefully over watched, as usual by Mrs. Elżbieta Studzińska, which on this occasion has proposed a great menu based on traditional Polish dishes and homemade Christmas pastries.
In the elegant and family atmosphere Members of the European Business Club Poland had the opportunity to enjoy the moments with their friends and colleagues. The sound of Polish carols, the glow of candles and a great interior design introduced everyone to a festive Christmas mood.
On October 22-23, 2014 in Warsaw was held cyclic conference organized by the Economic Institute of the Social Academy of Sciences titled “Economic security of business transactions”, which involved a total of more than 140 participants from more than 60 research centers, business associations, representatives of the government and parliament. It is the only conference in Poland, during which discussed are the most current issues of broadly defined economic security of households, businesses, state and global spheres within the interdisciplinary relationship of economics, law and management. Mr. Janusz Cieslak, President of the European Business Club Poland was one of the members in a panel on “economic turnover in Poland – opportunities and threats”.
During this year’s meeting, particular emphasis was placed on the determination of legal and organizational framework for the safety of the economy from an economic point of view and on identifying opportunities and threats to the economy, by the tax system. Throughout the conference there was a very lively and substantive discussion that allowed to illustrate various positions, forcing for reflection and greater cooperation of all parties of business transactions – especially business, justice, law enforcement, tax authorities and experts.
President Janusz Cieślak had been invited to participate in next conference which will be held in October 2015.
At the invitation of the Board of the European Business Club Poland on 14 – 16 October Bulgarian Economic Mission visited Warsaw. It was organized in collaboration with the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of the Polish Embassy in Bulgaria and Bulgarian – Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sofia.
Mission was chaired by Mr. Michael Bednarek, President and Mrs. Eliza Larska Vice President of the Bulgarian – Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Bulgarian entrepreneur – Mr. Emil Makarov. The mission consisted of Bulgarian entrepreneurs interested in cooperation in the field of tourism, shipping, construction, food, wine, liquor, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and medical and rehabilitation equipment. At the hospitable hotel – restaurant “Black Cat – My Warsaw Residence” were held long talks with Polish entrepreneurs interested in cooperation at the Bulgarian market. Guests also visited the Royal Baths Park and the Old Town.
President Michael Bednarek sent an official invitation to the European Business Club Poland for organizing Polish trade mission to Sofia next year. The invitation was accepted with a great pleasure.
The Management Board of the European Business Club Poland with a huge pleasure announces that our organization has its profile on Facebook. We cordially invite you to visit our fanpage on the social networking site and become familiar with our activities.
Our profile is also a great place to show what’s going on in companies, members and friends of the Club. We invite you to send us information about the ongoing important events, initiatives and projects, which it is worth to share with others.
We also want to maintain as closely contact as possible. Therefore, all who have an account on the social networking site, please “like us” at and invite your friends and acquaintances to also do so.
See you there!
On June 16th, Mr. Adam Świrski, Executive Vice President of the National Economy Bank, was a guest of our Club.
President Świrski was accompanied by Dr. Marek Szczepański, Managing Director of the European Funds and Mr. Arkadiusz Zabłoński, Director of the Government Exports Support Program. This meetings theme, which was traditionally held at the hospitable hotel – restaurant “Black Cat – My Warsaw Residence”, was Banking Activities in the domestic market, including the assistance for Polish managers with expansion into international markets.
During the welcome speech, Janusz Cieślak, President of the European Business Club Poland, presented the main guest and his accompanying persons, reminiscing the BGK’s major accomplishments during 90 years of activities. He emphasized, that the bank is the only Polish state owned bank and that it owns its registered office in Warsaw. The BGK undertakes a lot of initiatives to support the economic development of our country. This May for example, the bank approved a loan for the Polish company “Nano Carbon”, which implements a unique Polish technology of producing graphene, developed at the Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (ITME). Another example, is the financing of the company “Zakłady Magnetyzowe Ropczyce” under the Polish Investments Programme. In his speech, President Adam Świrski, presented interesting facts on the range of services provided by the bank, aimed at businesses as well as individual clients and self-governances. The bank’s operations also include the economic promotion and assistance of Polish exports and businesses operating in foreign markets. The President’s speech was accompanied by a multimedia presentation shown by directors Dr. Marek Szczepański and Arkadiusz Zabłoński. After the President’s very interesting and substantive speech and multimedia presentation, a discussion covering various aspects of the issues presented, was commenced. At the end, individual conversations with our guests and the meeting’s participants were held.
On May 23, 2014 at the Prince Józef Poniatowski Hotel in Łazy was held ceremony on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of System Transformation in Poland. Organizator of this event was the Municipality of Lesznowola.
Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy was a guest of honor at the ceremony. During the ceremony the Medal “For merits for Lesznowola Municipality” entrepreneurs which helped in the dynamic development of the municipality were honored. Among the invited guests was Mr. Janusz Cieślak, President of the European Business Club Poland, who was also honored with the Medal “For merits for Lesznowola Municipality”.
On May 7-9, 2014. in Katowice was held VI European Economic Congress. It has been attended by over 6000 participants from all over the world. The guests of the Congress were Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska – Minister of Infrastructure and Development and Janusz Piechociński – Minister of Economy as well as other Polish ministers and ministers of other European countries.
Congress was also attended by the main negotiators of the agreement between the European Union and the United States. The signing of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will mean the creation of the largest free trade area in the world. It will create enormous opportunities for business cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic. Interesting discussion was focused on the most important challenges facing the European continent, in particular the competitiveness of European goods and the creation of a strong European market, unfettered by excessive regulations.
President of the European Business Club Poland Janusz Cieslak participated in the solemn opening and plenary session devoted to the European Global Economic Co-operation and panel sessions devoted to economic cooperation: European Union – United States, European Union – China, as well as on supporting the development of Polish entrepreneurs in the country and abroad, financing investments and development of banking sector in the European Union. He also participated in many other events including the ceremony held by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development awarding winners or the competitions: “Innovative Project”, “Innovative Business Environment Institution” and “Innovative Entrepreneur”. He have also met, among others, with the Ambassadors of the United Kingdom and France, whom he invited for a meeting with members of our Association. Mr. Cieslak have also established interesting contacts, which should lead to the start of business co-operation of the European Business Club Poland with new domestic and foreign partners. President Janusz Cieslak was invited by the organizers to participate in the next VII European Economic Congress, which will take place in Katowice in 2015.
On April 15, 2014 Mrs. Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs met with the members of our Club. The meeting, which was traditionally held in the hospitable hotel – restaurant “Black Cat – My Warsaw Residence”, was dedicated to support for Polish entrepreneurs in international markets.
The Minister, who is responsible in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others, for matters of economic diplomacy, presented an interesting and comprehensive information on business promotion and support for entrepreneurs in foreign markets in 2013 – 2014. Speech included a discussion of the activities and promotional programs, their financing and strategy selection of prospective markets. Guest stressed that measures of promoting economic cooperation are implemented by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economy. Support is provided also by other government institutions, among others, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Treasury, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Finance. Partners are entities engaged in the broadly defined economic affairs.
Our guest suggested the inclusion of the European Business Club Poland in the implementation of measures adopted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the promotion of economic and supporting entrepreneurs in foreign markets, which was adopted by the gathering with a great satisfaction. The Minister accepted the invitation to participate in the next meeting, scheduled for the end of this year.
The Management Board of the European Business Club Poland is pleased to announce that on March 12, 2014, MEGA SONIC SA, member of the European Business Club Poland joined Warsaw Stock Exchange – NewConnect stock market. This is the sixth year’s debut, and 444 company, which is already included in NewConnect market.
The company has twenty years of experience in the field of automatic identification and data security systems and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). The systems supplied by the company had already benefited sector units of state administration, banking and finance, military and special services. The development strategy adopted by the company strives to strengthen the leadership, while increasing the scale of operations. It also envisions a larger market share of specialized implementations of Automatic Identification Data by expanding the customer base. We invite you to visit the website of the Mega Sonic company and establish cooperation.
Board and Members of the European Business Club Poland would like to congratulate President of the company Mr. Andrew Gluza and wish him further development of the company and achieving the goals.
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